DICEA – “Sapienza” Università di Roma (I)

Profile and Expertise

“Sapienza” Università di Roma - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Edile e Ambientale DICEA (formerly DITS - Department of Hydraulics, Transport, and Roads) is the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineer of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Rome “Sapienza”. We are a member of EURNEX. The Transport Area of DICEA is one of the largest of the Department’s eleven areas. Its teaching and research are mainly in the field of planning and management of passenger and freight transport systems. In addition to teaching, the Department’s laboratories and personnel are also engaged in numerous experiments, research projects, and consultancies in Italy, Europe, and elsewhere. Important research themes are railway and road safety, freight transport, and public transport systems.

The participation in numerous (more than 30 in the last 10 years) and prestigious European research projects has permitted the DICEA Transport Area to develop its research in a context of cultural interchange with the most important research centres in Europe and elsewhere in the world, making it thus possible to make known the results of its activities.

Main tasks

  • WP1: Contribute to collect User Requirements and then specify the characteristics of Use Cases through surveys with specific questionnaires and where necessary organize interviews with stakeholders or user groups. DICEA will also organize Workshops, one per each domain (automotive, mobile medical, metropolitan railway, aerospace, and energy provision) to present the results of surveys and to validate the Use Cases with users and stakeholders.
  • WP2: Contribute to investigating the functional phases, procedures and all other elements and components adopted in the mechanisms for safety and security. DICEA propose to analyse the functional flow mechanisms with special focus on railway and automotive domain.
  • WP3: Collaborate on studying the different types of modelling techniques which are available to provide an analysis of risk including its dependence on manufacturing and operation costs. This includes their ability to identify which activities are required to reduce such risks and costs, and how they can define the necessary system architecture. Recommendations will be made for further development work or harmonisation of different approaches already in use or being planned.
  • WP 4: Support to provide a methodology and tool for safety and security analysis, safety and security indicators and targets eventually including methods for cost-benefit evaluation. Beside the results of the European research financed by the EC, the experience and project results of the other partners involved will be taken into account.
  • WP5: Assist the partners in validation of use cases with particular attention on automotive and railway domains
  • WP6: Support the consortium in dissemination and exploitation of results through workshops and the development of a web portal using CMS also for the survey.

Relevant Experience

The research areas that have provided the most interesting results are:

  • Evaluation and monitoring of operational safety in railway, road and maritime transport systems;
    • Analysis, modelling and planning of railway operation;
    • Railway vehicles and infrastructure dynamics measuring and modelling;
    • Innovative vehicles and transport systems;
    • Dynamic analysis of road vehicle flows;
    • Models, algorithms and software for transport networks analysis and planning;
    • Planning and management of collective transport;
    • ITS planning;
    • Methods and models of freight transport and logistics;
    • Benchmarking of transport systems;
    • Measurements and modelling on environmental impacts of transportation systems;
    • Methods and models for the evaluation of intervention policies in the transport sector.

Teaching and research are supported by a transport and logistics laboratory for calculation and simulation, with a library of programs for simulation, optimisation and statistics.